Thursday, March 22, 2018

Trump inauguration Bible heads to museum

President Trump, left, takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, right, with Trump’s wife, Melania, and children Donald, Barron, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany at his side during inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. (Credit: Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters.)
One of the two Bibles Donald Trump used to take the oath of office is joining others used by American presidents at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. The Revised Standard Version edition Bible given to the future 45th president of the United States by his mother when he was a child is the same Bible he used when he attended First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. In January 2017, President-elect Trump showed the hard-bound Bible to David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network and described an inscription Trump said was made by his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, who died in 2000. [More]

MOCA’s new Project Atrium cast light and shadow on charcoal grey walls

MOCA's new Project Atrium cast light and shadow on charcoal grey walls
JACKSONVILLE, FL---In “Project Atrium: Anila Quayyum Agha,” the new exhibit in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s Haskell Atrium Gallery, two laser cut steel sculptures suspended from the ceiling with lanterns inside cast patterns of light on shadow on the gallery’s walls. The exhibit, titled “The Greys In-Between,” is the work of Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha. For the purposes of the exhibit, the walls of the 40-foot-high Atrium Gallery have been painted charcoal grey. The patterns cast on those walls are inspired by Islamic architectural motifs. As they hang from the ceiling the sculptures, gradually, almost imperceptibly, are turned by a motor and the patterns on the walls slowly change. “Visitors should stop and look and stay and explore,” said MOCA curator Jaime DeSimone said. [More]

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The vulnerable oil paintings of Washington state's Aleah Chapin

By Andy Smith
"Between the tides" Oil on canvas, 38 x 66 inches
Aleah Chapin’s vulnerable figures exist within a spectrum of emotions: joy, contemplating, stoicism. Yet, in each, the painter has the ability to tie our natural states to nature itself, often crafting lush environments for her subjects. The artist is particularly influenced by the region she inhabited in her youth. “Intimate, revealing and personal, the latest paintings by [Chapin] explore the passage of time as seen through the body; depicting friends and relations, all of whom she has known throughout her life growing up in a unique island community on the US Pacific Northwest Coast,” a recent statement says. “ … Set within a wild Pacific landscape, Aleah Chapin portrays the physical journey of the body in poetic terms, imbuing the forms of the older women with natural, sensuous vitality.” [More]

Theological center in Atlanta welcomes artist Gilbert Young as artist-in-residence

"We Shall Gather at the River" (1992) by Gilbert Young
ATLANTA, Ga---The International Theological Center's Gilbert Young Artist-in-Residence Program (ITC/GY) is a new venture for ITC. The artist’s presence on campus, and proposed arts and cultural projects are designed to be a component of ITC’s religion and arts program and expand its engagement with the surrounding community. The plan is to develop innovative, unique programming that will expose students of all ages, and the community at-large, to fine African American art in an intimate studio/gallery setting on the ITC campus. ITC believes this program can expand the awareness and use of visual arts by our students and graduates in worship and ministry contexts. Gilbert Young is a nationally renowned artist, muralist, and art conservator. Born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. [More]

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A billionaire businessman raises the bar in collecting and philanthropy

By Anthony Calnek
Now the couple is parting with 26 masterworks from their collection, the proceeds from which will go entirely to a non-profit family foundation. To be auctioned at Sotheby’s in May, the collection is estimated to bring in excess of $75 million, which will help the Mandel Foundation achieve its mission “to contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive and compassionate societies, and to improve the quality of life in both countries.” From its headquarters in Cleveland, the foundation supports leadership training, management excellence in the non-profit sector, the humanities, urban renewal and Jewish life. [More]